Open Thread

At a rally on Saturday, President Trump said that the President should have the power to fire all Executive branch employees. This is crucial to the survival of the Republic.

Civil Service reform in the 19th century was in response to what was known as the Spoils System – to the victor goes, ya know? It was under Andrew Jackson that the Spoils System became the rule. Often at the change of an Administration there would be massive turnover in the bureaucracy as the new guy replaced everyone with his cronies. The system was used to garner and retain political support and it often led to a well-connected dimwit being in charge of some particular part of the government apparatus. It was also, of course, massively corrupt, with the jobs often going to whomever gave the most. The idea behind Civil Service reform was to institute competitive exams to ensure only highly qualified people were hired and then to insulate them from being fired at the whim of the President. It was, ultimately, part of the Progressive program to place Experts in charge who would ensure good, honest government no matter how corrupt or stupid the elected officials were.

What happened, of course, is that the bureaucracy became self-perpetuating and mostly interested in protecting itself. The worst example of this was Hoover and his FBI – taking a small part of of the Justice Department and turning it practically into an independent branch of government with its finger in every pie. This is just normal for human nature: people want more and always find ways to justify getting more. The trouble with this appetite is that if it is government, it can only get more by taking away from the people. Having a set of people who can’t be fired means you’ve got yourself what amounts to a colonial occupier always looking to protect itself by taking away ever more of what you have.

Oh, and as an aside, the competitive exam part of it? You know, the bit where we’re supposed to ensure that only smart people are in charge? Yeah, that bit ended in 1981. Class action lawsuit claimed that the exams adversely impacted minority applicants – a consent decree ending the exam requirement was entered into. No vote. No law change. So, now we’ve got bureaucrats who can’t be fired and to get hired they’re not required to be high quality. In case you were wondering why our government agencies seem increasingly stupid year by year.

The harsh reality is that government is force – the power to kill and to jail. We try to keep control of this power by putting into the hands of people who must face the voters. The Civil Service reforms practically placed the power of the Executive in the hands of people who are un-elected. Trump found out that this means when the Executive is held by someone the civil service doesn’t like, the civil service will attack the Executive. You know: the sole person empowered by the Constitution to hold Executive power. There are risks in the ending of civil service protections – but the greater risk is continuing to allow un-elected bureaucrats to rule us.

The war in the Ukraine grinds on. What is amazing me is that the Ukrainians, the MSM and the government all admit that they are engaged in a propaganda effort to boost Ukraine and suppress Russian views and yet it seems that most people believe they are getting the truth.

Here’s the reality: the amount of money well-connected Americans have made in Ukraine is the primary reason to oppose involvement.

As the polls cause Democrats to lift mask mandates, a lot of people are confused. This is because they were suckered by a very stupid story…and now that the truth is obvious, they have two choices: either willfully remain blind, or become Republicans. Most will remain willfully blind.

Guys, the biggest worry about a nuclear war is how it will effect climate change.

18 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster March 14, 2022 / 9:18 am

    the amount of money well-connected Americans have made in Ukraine is the primary reason to oppose involvement.

    Exactly right. Ukraine is really no more than a client State of America’s ruling class. They fire prosecutors, experiment with hazardous diseases, and siphon off energy profits so that country has been quite profitable to the Biden’s, Clinton’s etc. over the years. They don’t want that to end. And if you haven’t noticed, The Clinton Global Initiative is bak up and running.

    I was at the gas pump yesterday and a nice looking, older black gentleman was at the pump next to me and he made the comment to me that it just cost him $78 dollars to fill his small SUV, to which I replied “stolen elections have consequences” … we both chuckled but then before he left he looked at me and said – “you’re absolutely right”

    I don’t think Democrats really understand how much they are resented, by everyone.

    • Amazona March 14, 2022 / 3:40 pm

      I don’t think Democrats really understand how much they are resented, by everyone

      Well, I wish we would start in with a little/lot more pointing out that this is all their fault. It’s time to start the “Thank You, Biden Voters” campaign. It’s time to keep repeating that voting for Biden because you hate Trump is like eating dog shit because you hate broccoli. It’s time to ask “Aren’t you even a LITTLE embarrassed at falling for the lies?” It’s time to tease and even goad people. It’s time to say “We knew all along that Biden had never been right about anything in his entire career, so why didn’t Democrats know?” When the old whine of “but…but….but Trump is so CORRUPT” it’s time to hit back with Biden and Kerry running around the world funneling taxpayer dollars into countries that then hired their sons to do busywork, running a lot of that money back into family coffers where “the Big Guy” always got his 10% Trump may have been corrupt in some ways, but he never used his position in the US government to get rich.

      It’s time to be blunt, to say “You knew all along Biden was corrupt and incompetent, but you still voted for him because you bought into the lies the Agenda Media kept feeding you. But that’s no excuse because you CHOSE to listen to them. And now look at what you’ve created.”

      This rant reminds me—why, with all the NY fussing about Trump’s taxes, hasn’t a single Right voice asked if Biden paid taxes on the 10% funneled back to him by Hunter? Isn’t it time to open that can of worms?

  2. Cluster March 14, 2022 / 9:37 am

    Considering all the unhinged outcry from the ruling class:

    “Tulsi Gabbard is parroting false Russian propaganda,” Romney tweeted. “Her treasonous lies may well cost lives.”

    I have a feeling Tulsi is directly over the target:

    It’s not clear the specific comments from Gabbard to which Romney was referring, but she did claim in a video that she posted to social media over the weekend that there are “25 to 30 U.S.-funded bio labs in Ukraine” that are “conducting research on dangerous pathogens.” In the video, Gabbard called for a ceasefire until the labs could be secured and the pathogens inside the labs destroyed.

    • Amazona March 14, 2022 / 10:48 am

      One thing about Gabbard—-I don’t think she mouths off about things she doesn’t have pretty well nailed down.

      I also think she is the biggest threat in 2024, unless the entrenched Dem Establishment shoots her down again in favor of someone who checks more of the boxes: gay, climate hysteric, stupid, etc.

  3. Cluster March 14, 2022 / 9:43 am

    So so very interesting … Russia is blaming Ukraine’s “far right” for their resistance and the cause of the war.

    In the strongest public acknowledgement yet from Moscow that things were not going to plan, National Guard chief Viktor Zolotov blamed the slower than expected progress on what he said were far-right Ukrainian forces hiding behind civilians, an accusation repeatedly made by officials in Russia. His comments appeared at odds with an assessment on Friday by Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu who told Putin that ‘everything is going according to plan’.

    What other country blames the “far right” for all the turmoil?? Any guesses??

    • Amazona March 14, 2022 / 10:46 am

      One of my favorite games, whenever I run into the scripted “far-right” canard, is to ask for a definition of “far-right”.

      Still haven’t gotten one. In terms of American politics, “right” merely means, no more or no less, than the conviction we should govern our nation according to its Constitution. Full stop. That’s it.

      On the horizontal axis of political philosophy, anything to the right of the center IS “the Right”—and there aren’t any gradations. Like the word “unique” it is an absolute—-you either believe this, or you don’t. Once you believe in most of it but not all, you are automatically shifted to the left side of center. On the left side, there ARE gradations of how much we should be able to ignore the Constitution—a little, a lot, or all of it. “Far Left” would be absolute government control, such as communism, which is a few degrees left of socialism.

      But “Far Right” just means really really REALLY believing we must be governed by our Constitution.

      Because this is a position so easily argued, and defended by logic and by history, the Left has to try to distort it by slapping on all sorts of characteristics that have nothing to do with politics,. Naturally, the Left falls back on its favorite card in the deck—racism. So they define “far right” as another invented term—–“white nationalists”——which, are, of course, all “far right”.

      Unfortunately, in this game of semantic infiltration, now many who claim to be on the Right obediently use these terms, further embedding them in the national consciousness.

      The easiest thing for conservatives to do is to immediately step on any effort to introduce invented terms into any discourse. Immediately stop at terms like “far right” or “white nationalist” and carve them out of the conversation. Demand that they be defined, and shred the definitions that might be attempted as they will be garbage.

      • Cluster March 14, 2022 / 11:01 am

        The easiest thing for conservatives to do is to immediately step on any effort to introduce invented terms into any discourse.

        Exactly right. I have always advocated to just stop playing this game with Democrats. Don’t listen to them, don’t acknowledge them, and certainly don’t validate them. Every single position Democrats currently hold is manufactured drama with no relevance to reality and the more we simply let them speak, the longer it will take to recover. That party needs to completely implode.

    • Retired Spook March 14, 2022 / 11:44 am

      I’m not sure who originally thought of the concept, but I have adopted it in any conversation with any self-appointed armchair quarterback who suggests that we should do this or that without a great deal of critical thought. I just ask, “and then what?” And keep asking it as they travel father down the rabbit hole.

  4. Cluster March 14, 2022 / 1:30 pm

    You gotta love Monty Python’s John Cleese. He recently ruffled some progressive feathers at the South x Southwest conference:

    Most years, it goes off without a hitch and they all jet home to fight for sustainable microbrews or more pansexual Nickelodeon characters. But this year, some knucklehead went and invited John Cleese to be on a panel. The decidedly unwoke Monty Python founder has caused much tutting among elites lately for insisting that people should have a sense of humor, and for defending J.K. Rowling’s heretical opinion about men being men and women being women. Predictably, Cleese ended up playing the proverbial skunk at the wine and locally sourced cheese party.

    • Amazona March 14, 2022 / 3:29 pm

      I wish I had been there. John Cleese has been a hero of mine for literally decades. He is not just talented, he is funny without a script, and he is brilliant and he is brave.

      He was the sole redeeming feature in the horrible yet massively touted “A Fish Called Wanda”, overcoming the problem of a movie that would have been improved if the star had been killed off in the first five minutes with a routine I always thought was mostly improvised and was wildly funny.

      BTW, the guy who wrote the article also has skills.

      • Cluster March 14, 2022 / 3:39 pm

        Agreed. John Cleese has always been one of my absolute favorites and I laugh every time I simply see him … he’s that funny

  5. Cluster March 14, 2022 / 3:40 pm

    Nothing to see here folks, please go get your fourth booster …

    Former Clinton adviser and COVID Vaccine critic Naomi Wolf joined Steve Bannon on The War Room on Monday morning. Naomi shared her latest bombshell from her investigation into the Pfizer vaccine documents released by the US government on their COVID vaccine testing. Naomi’s team of investigators, doctors and attorneys identified several US government documents that confirm that Pfizer was adding varying amounts of active ingredient to their experimental COVID vaccines. According to the data, the range of dangerous active ingredient went from 3μg, to 10μg, to 30μg, to 100μg depending on the batch they happened to inject you with.

      • Amazona March 14, 2022 / 3:46 pm

        Yeah—PFIZER says it’s necessary. Not like they have a dog in this hunt or anything, right?

      • Retired Spook March 14, 2022 / 4:12 pm

        The funniest part of his interview on Face the Nation was when he said the Pfizer vaccine didn’t work very well and didn’t last very long. YCMTSU!

    • Amazona March 14, 2022 / 3:45 pm

      Which reminds me—this “vaccine” hoax is another area where we need to be more vocal Every time we hear anything about these drugs “protecting” people we need to step up and at the very least say “protecting from what, exactly”?

      As for changing the content of different batches of the drugs, well, they were still all officially experimental, so why not?

      And BTW, even with this information from these documents the government is still paying Pfizer billions and pushing these drugs onto the public.

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